Category Archives: Law Review

Major CLEAT legal victory in Kleinert case

Photo by KXAN News Austin CLEAT is calling the recent dismissal of a legal case for one of its members a huge legal victory. Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed manslaughter charges against Austin Police Department Detective Charles Kleinert who was involved in a deadly shooting while on duty in 2013. “The court’s decision to dismiss…
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El Paso County Sheriffs Officer wins job back thanks to CLEAT

El Paso County Sheriff's Officer Carlos Franco was the subject of a months-long IA investigation into allegations he made inappropriate remarks to another officer. Although Officer Franco had served 17 years at the Sheriff's Office with what the arbiter described as a "spotless" record, the Sheriff was determined to fire Franco because he had provided…
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CLEAT wins back job for wrongly fired Harris County officer

Bob Thomas and Mike Stancill CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas represented Harris County Detention Officer Mike Stancill in a long-delayed civil service hearing last week in downtown Houston. Officer Stancill was terminated in January and had to wait nine months for the hearing. But after that contested hearing, the Commissioners voted unanimously to reinstate Officer…
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Willborn was champion for public servants

From the San Antonio Express-News: James M. “Jimmy” Willborn believed in helping others. As an officer with the San Antonio Police Department, Willborn went beyond protecting the public, working with the San Antonio Police Officer Association (SAPOA), and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) to help obtain better pay, benefits and equipment for…
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CLEAT legal victory for Harris County detention officers

From left: Salih Hankins, Bob Thomas, John Gomez, Frank Spicher and Ben Leal CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas successfully represented four detention officers employed by the Harris County Sheriff's Office who were all disciplined as the result of one incident involving an inmate. After Salih Hankins, John Gomez, Frank Spicher & Ben Leal, all members of the Sheriffs Employees Organization…
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CLEAT Legal gets job back for San Antonio officer

Officer Garza and Assistant General Counsel Bob Leonard. San Antonio Police Officer Michael Garza was never so happy following his return to full duty after a nearly three-year absence. In July 2012, Officer Garza was involved in a fatal shooting. During the investigation, it was discovered that Officer Garza had committed some department policy violations.…
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Legal victory puts wrongly fired Port Arthur officer back to work

Officer George Clark with CLEAT"S Bob Thomas. Port Arthur Police Officer George Clark was wrongly fired in November 2014. CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas appealed to a hearing examiner and conducted a hotly contested arbitration hearing, and then he submitted post hearing briefs. Bottom line: The arbitrator reversed the termination and reinstated Officer Clark with…
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CLEAT fights termination, wins job back for El Paso deputy constable

Alyssa Perez with Deputy Constable Osbaldo Juarez. El Paso County Deputy Constable Osbaldo Juarez has his job back after civil service unanimously overturned his termination. After 13 years of service, Deputy Juarez survived numerous unfounded attempts to discipline him. But when a picture was posted on Facebook, Juarez was terminated for using his cell phone…
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Texas City officer who took down shooter is cleared

A still image from the video from Dec. 26, 2014. A Galveston County grand jury has cleared the Texas City police officer whose quick reaction neutralized what could have been a bloodbath when a man opened fire at a crowded nightclub in December. The officer, seven-year department veteran Christopher Ham, was represented by CLEAT Staff…
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